The Government Lifted Its Ban on Creating Deadly Super Viruses

The Government Lifted Its Ban on Creating Deadly Super Viruses

A few months ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lifted a three-year moratorium on experiments involving deadly viruses. Prior research in this field has included influenza, SARS, and MERS – three highly infectious pathogens many fear could mutate into pandemic super-viruses.

The ban on studying these germs came between 2011 and 2012 when scientists intentionally created a new version of H5N1, or bird flu virus, enabling it to spread between ferrets. This testing raised many eyebrows in the medical community generating concern that a highly contagious virus could have been accidentally created causing a global pandemic.

The lift on the moratorium will still require extensive oversight from government review panels on individual studies, but slip-ups at the Centers for Disease Control in the past have left some worrying whether the ban’s lift is a good idea.

In 2014, the CDC accidentally exposed dozens of workers to anthrax and mailed a deadly sample of bird flu to a lab that requested an inactive strain. Smallpox samples were also found at the National Institutes of Health that had been stored in a freezer and forgotten for half a century.

 

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Proponents of the relax on the ban think it will help scientists discover ways to prevent the outbreak of future pandemics, but no previous research has led to any viable solutions.

The research has, however, worked to create something called a gain-of-function mutation that creates viruses with the ability to spread easier. In order to study highly contagious pathogens, they must create infectious pathogens; an incredibly risky experiment with no guaranteed return.

Aside from the prospect of an artificial super-virus leaking from a lab and infecting the masses, there’s always the possibility of a virus falling into the wrong hands and being weaponized by bio-terrorists.

Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Control, is concerned with maintaining security around the discovery of information surrounding artificial super-viruses. Osterholm said that if a study found ways to genetically modify Ebola as an airborne pathogen, he wouldn’t want the public to have access to that information.

Is it really necessary to lift a ban on this field of study, when it hasn’t produced significant findings in the past?

Scientists currently supporting the green-light on gain-of-function studies say concerns are blown out of proportion, and that the combination of safety measures and scientists’ will of self-preservation are strong enough to prevent an outbreak. But does its clumsy precedent really support this?

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How to Protect Yourself from 5G and EMF Radiation

How to Protect Yourself from 5G and EMF Radiation

For a company to push innovation forward, they must first lobby for laws in their favor. Sometimes they lobby for the removal of laws. It’s all about what most serves their wealthy board members, shareholders, and revenue.

Industries like pharmaceuticals, dairy, manufacturing, energy, and wireless tech, plus many more, spend billions of dollars annually to successfully protect their agendas, pay packages, and profits through lobbying.

We might think that the government prioritizes our best interests, but this is rarely the case, and the rush to allow an unregulated 5G wireless infrastructure is a prime example of this. Which is why you should know how to protect yourself from 5G and EMF radiation.

How Tech Innovation Works

  1. Companies unearth an idea that’s years ahead of its time.
  2. The moment they file a patent, they hire lobbyists to set the stage for their technology’s success, whether it’s dangerous to the public or not.
  3. Tech is built-in stealth. Testing is limited. The focus is on profit.
  4. Through lobbying, secret payoffs, mutually self-serving deals, and insane incentives, laws are gutted and rushed. The public has little choice in the matter. In the end, everybody loses.

Because we have no laws in place that genuinely protect humanity from greed, and many regulations that glorify the corporation, the agendas of technology companies will continue to supersede the health of the planet and all living-beings for years to come.

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